Kingdom Come (Widescreen) [Import]
When her husband keels over from a stroke, Raynelle Slocumb (Whoopi Goldberg) calls the entire clan together to remember their dearly departed. Family tensions reach a comedic boil as the wildly dysfunctional Slocumbs reunite under one roof, including Raynelle's battling sons (LL Cool J & Anthony Anderson) and their feisty wives, played with comic brilliance by jada Pinkett Smith and Vivica A. Fox. you'll double over with laughter watching this big-hearted film filled with "inspired humor... a movie to be cherished." (Kevin Thomas, L.A. Times)
Whoopi Goldberg and LL Cool J lead a strong cast in Kingdom Come, one of those the-whole-family-comes-together comedy-dramas that celebrate the transcendent power of love. When the surly patriarch of the family dies, relatives descend upon his widow (Goldberg): his recovering alcoholic son Ray (Cool J) and his wife Lucille (Vivica Fox from Independence Day), who have been unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant; the incompetent other son Junior (Anthony Anderson, Big Momma's House) and his jealous wife Charisse (Jada Pinkett Smith) and their three rambunctious boys; the over-religious sister (Loretta Devine) and her shiftless son; and assorted other eccentric characters who generally turn the reception and funeral into a series of squabbling indignities--the kids even wrap the hearse in toilet paper. The movie's script is modest at best and loaded with forced plot points--to no one's surprise, all problems are resolved in an orgy of forgiveness--but the cast handles the material with sincerity and grace. Goldberg rises to the top as the stoic Mama Rae, lacing her bland lines with a dry and biting wit. Cedric the Entertainer (The Original Kings of Comedy) and singer Toni Braxton round out the cast. --Bret Fetzer
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LL Cool J plays the son of the deceased, Ray Bud, a hard-working auto mechanic; he contends manfully against alcoholism and a short fuse, while his wife Lucille (Vivica A. Fox) is a supremely sweet-tempered woman, unable to conceive a child.
Another son of the deceased is Junior (played by Anthony Anderson), who has lost all his money on an unwise business venture, and whose perpetually carping and combative wife Charisse (Jada Pinkett Smith) has just discovered another woman's earring in the family car. She is ... not pleased. They have, in addition to their financial and marital woes, a trio of untamable children.
There is a daughter named Delightful (played by an actress named Masasa). She does not speak a single word from opening frame to closing credit, but steals just about every scene that she's in.
The American treasure Loretta Devine (Dreamgirls, Waiting to Exhale, Boston Public, Funny Valentines) plays Aunt Marguerite, a born-again Christian widow, whose son Royce (Darius McCrary of Family Matters) is a feckless party-animal collecting an unemployment check. Aunt Marguerite gives new meaning to the word "Bible-thumper," as she is often seen whacking her son on the head with a copy of the Good Book, and calling him a demon.
And then there is the minister, a good-hearted soul (Cedric the Entertainer), prone to platitudes delivered lispingly, ample of appetite, and sometimes dyspeptic.Read more ›
BUT- LL Cool J (James Todd Smith)'s character does have a nice moment at the funeral where he tries to make some sense out of all this nonsense and straighten out this ultra-dysfunctional motley crew. Thus it gets two stars instead of one from me. However, the mess that one has to sit through to get to this good part near the end just ain't worth it. Don't waste your time.
However, the one interesting thing about this film is that it is one of the few films of recent times with a Black cast where race isn't even MENTIONED or bears no relevence to the plot. In fact, this could have easily been done with a White cast. I guess that's equality when Blacks have just as much opportunity to make bad films as Whites!
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LL, Jada, Fox and Goldberg are good, not great, but good in this family reunion 'Dramedy' (Drama+Comedy), when a family member dies, the whole family reunite, each with a story to... Read morePublished on May 10 2004 by Hadi Jones
This movie sucks and thats all I can say. What a waste of some precious hours of my life that I can't get back.
I wouldn't even rate it cos 1 star is rather generous.
I have to start off by saying who ever cast this movie did an excellent job. Who ever wrote the script did a very poor job. The story line was no where as great as the casting was. Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2004 by musicalsoul
In "The Wood" "Get On The Bus" and "Soul Food" the filmmakers was able to balance the comedy with the drama but in "Kingdom Come" nuthin... Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2003 by D3strukchun
This movie is shown pretty often on cable. But it's a movie that doesn't get too tiring to see. LL's character is trying to keep the family together as the head of the household... Read morePublished on June 14 2003
MAN U CANT HELP BUT TO LOVE THIS MOVIE. ITS FUNNY AS I DONT KNOW WHAT.ITS NOT ONE PART THAT U DONT LAUGH OFF OF. THEY WHOLE FAMILY IS A HOT A MESS AND THEIR ALWAYS TRIPPING. Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2003 by Erica
The plot is outlined ad nauseum, so I will not do into that aspect. The characters are the movie - the plot isn't unusual, but the actors portray their roles with relish and heart. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2003 by D. Eichholz